The origins of the family date back to the 18th century in Chassagne-Montrachet. The family then moved to Pommard in the early 1800’s.
The domain slowly grew to a surface of 11.5 hectares, spreading from the Beaune Coast to the Nuits Coast where its Grand Crus Chambertin and Latricières-Chambertin are located.
Nowadays, Xavier Horiot is the ninth generation of winemaker of this familial domain profoundly attached to the history of these marvelous Burgundy terroirs.
(Bertand - Spitfire 1941)
Inspired by the legacy of his great uncle, who enlisted as a fighter pilot during World War II, Xavier began his professional life with an 18-year long fighter pilot career in the French Air Force.
He was named knight of the Legion of Honor and handed the War Cross for his service.
(Xavier - Mirage 2000D 1999)
After his military career, he created with his wife Eleonore a company specialized in software development. His Grandfather called him to take over the domain right before he died.
A decade of legal succession will then ensue. It tore the family apart. At the term of these ten years of fighting, Xavier managed to keep 4 hectares out of the 11.5 that the family used to own.
The resurrection of the domain occurred in 2011 under the name Domaine Launay-Horiot and Xavier produced his first vintage in 2014.
The domain symbol represents Xavier’s journey from the air back to his roots: an intersection of wings and swords that forms a light blue “X”.
Wings for Xavier's aerial past and the purity he seeks to achieve in his wines, swords for the battles won and the tools to plough the earth of his ancestors.